You might also want to try yoga for your back problems. Yoga has cured a lot of back problems, even scoliosis.
maybe mild cases of scoliosis, but a congenital and severe case of scoliosis (like mine) requires a lot more medical intervention and such than your average minor lateral curvature.
I've had a million people tell me to take yoga, go to a chiropractor, etc etc etc. They mean well, but they don't realize that a) a chiropractor could, quite literally, kill me and b) while yoga might help my spine some
(I don't really have many problems with pain, I think because I'm so used to being that way), it's not a cure-all and is definitely not going to cure a case of severe scoliosis on its own.
In fact, as a lifelong scoliosis patient, I would recommend that anyone who DOES have even the slightest case of scoliosis check with an orthopedist before beginning any kind of exercise programs like yoga or Pilates. Not to pour cold water on your idea, kingsrings, it's an excellent suggestion, but it's always a good idea to check with your doctor if you have even a slight scoliosis problem, because you could end up doing more harm than good to your spine. A good yoga or Pilates instructor will have knowledge and training in how to deal with these problems and will help you modify the exercises so you derive the maximum benefit from your training regimen while not doing any undue harm to your spine (at least I hope - one yoga instructor I went to was completely clueless about how to deal with my condition, so I quit the class after one session. I'm not easily discouraged, but, "I really don't know how to deal with someone with such a bad spine," will do a lot to kill your self-esteem - and your desire to take another class).
I'm actually thinking of asking my orthopedist if, once my neck and upper spine heal up completely, I could take up something like yoga or Pilates to build up my strength. My stamina level is nowhere near where it used to be and I tire easily after almost any
activity, something I'm really not used to. I know I'll have to start small, like maybe walking short distances every day or something, but once I get stronger I'd like to take up something like yoga, because it's relaxing and I know it won't bore me half to death like walking on a treadmill.
Tell me how it works out for you, thebadchemist. I'd like to know if it's something worth trying to rebuild my strength.